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The Army Aviation Brigade (TAAB) plans, coordinates, and executes aviation operations, to include regional and worldwide priority air transport for the Army’s senior leadership, selected DoD officials, and Combatant Commanders. Executes airfield operations at Davison Army Airfield, and provides Air Traffic Services support to the Pentagon helipad. As directed, employs rotary wing aviation and engineer technical rescue assets to support designated contingency operations.

On order, receive additional rotary wing aviation forces OPCON to JTF-NCR and coordinate for their employment in support of consequence management operations.


The Army Aviation Brigade’s colors were uncased Dec. 9, 2005, and presented to the brigade-level aviation command by the commander of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington. The 12th Aviation Battalion, located at Davison Army Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Va., provides a fleet of helicopters for civilian and senior military leaders for transport and provides operational airlift for such tactical units as the Military District of Washington’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the 12th’s own technical rescue unit, the 911th Engineer Company. The United States Army Priority Air Transport Command (USAPAT), headquartered at Andrews, operates from there as well as Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany and Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Its mission is to provide long-range executive airlift around the world.

The Army’s decision to assign USAPAT to MDW came from the Office of the Administrative Assistant, Headquarters Department of the Army. Twelve years earlier, MDW had both fixed and rotary wing operations located at Davison Army Airfield, but reorganization placed the fixed wing assets with those of the National Guard, creating Operational Support Airlift Command in 1994. It in turn was under the Operational Support Airlift Agency. General Orders No. 2, dated Feb. 25, 2004, moving USAPAT from OSAC to the U.S. Army Services and Operations Agency, Office of the Administrative Assistant, HQDA.

The 12th Aviation brought its six companies to the AOG, including its Headquarters Company, two UH-60A/L Flight Companies, Delta Company Maintenance, and the 911th Engineer Company for technical rescue capabilities. Another element, that Davison Airfield Management Command provides, is airfield services and operational support to all of Davison Army Airfield and transient aircraft.

The 18 Black Hawks of the battalion were divided between Alpha and Charlie Companies. Alpha, with VIP transport, owned four VH-60 models and five of the UH-60A/Ls while Charlie Company, a general support aviation company have the other nine UH-60A/Ls. Aircraft coming over with USAPAT included nine short- and long-range fixed-wing aircraft, six of them based at Andrews, two in the Pacific (USAPAC) and one in Europe (USAEUR).The main USAPAT Headquarters at Andrews operated three short-range UC-35 Cessna Citations.


Commander: 703-806-7005 
Deputy Commander: 703-806-7008
Command SGM: 703-806-7557
Standards Officer: 703-806-7520
Safety Officer: 202-253-5771
S1 Administrative Officer: 703-806-7112
S2 Security Officer: 703-806-7572
S3 Operations Office: 703-806-7571
S4 Logistics Officer: 703-806-7988
S6 Informations Systems Security Officer (ISSO): 703-806-7527
S8 Budget Analyst: 703-806-7587


Military aircraft comprise a small percentage of air traffic in the National Capital Region. Aircraft from the Army constitutes an even smaller percentage. In order to ensure complaints concerning aircraft noise are properly referred to the right entity, initial complaints should be referred to the Washington Metro Area Helicopter Noise Complaint Portal to assist in determining the source of the complaint and, if applicable, referral to the appropriate military entity.


12th Aviation Battalion conducts air movement and engineer technical rescue operations for senior leaders of the Army, Department of Defense, and United States Government, while maintaining a continuous alert posture in support of the Joint Task Force - National Capital Region in order to sustain a rapid response, readiness, and support force capability.


Plan, Coordinate and Conduct worldwide executive airlift in support of U.S. Army Senior Leaders, DOD Executives, Congressional Delegations and Combatant Commanders

Serve as the US Army Proponency for C-20 and C-37 Executive Jet Aircraft

On order, employ all assigned aircraft in support of contingency operations within the JFHQ-NCR Joint Operational Area

911th TREC
TAAB Leadership
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COL Brendan J. Cullinan

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CSM Ryan D. Brodin
Command Sergeant Major

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CWO 5 Patrick F. Curran
Command Chief Warrant Officer

12th Battalion Command Group
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LTC Erika A​. Holownia

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CSM Alex Collins
Command Sergeant Major

USAPAT Command Group
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CSM Nicholas L. Beauchamp
Command Sergeant Major

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LTC Ethan Loeffert